Tlatelolco, Verano del 68: Nov 29 - Dec 5

Tlatelolco, Verano del ‘68
(México, 103 min., 2013, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
Two young individuals from different walks of life fall in love during their involvement in a student movement against Mexico’s authoritarian rule in 1968.
Director: Carlos Bolado

Digital Gym Cinema
Nov 29 to Dec 5 6:00 p.m.
2921 El Cajon Blvd.North Park, 92104


 Cast: Cassandra Ciangherotti, Christian Vásquez

Synopsis: An across-the-tracks love story, well-off girl and a working class boy, set against Mexico’s Tiananmen: the 1968 student protests and strikes that climaxed in the Tlatelolco Square massacre of students by security forces. The number of deaths was covered up by Mexico’s PRI ruling government, which hosted the Olympic Games 10 days later.

 Trailer: Youtube

About the Fence: Oct 10-Nov 6

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery
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Acerca de la Cerca/About the Fence

An exhibition of photographic works and installations by Tijuana and San Diego artists: Carmela Castrejon, Maria Teresa Fernandez and Paul Turounet. Video by Ana Teresa Fernandez.

Exhibit runs October 10 - November 6, 2013

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 30, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The border fence separates the U.S. and Mexico, San Diego and Tijuana but it is also acts as a site of interventions and interactions. In this exhibition artists from both cities examine the human and social impact of this impenetrable barrier.

Paul Turounet uses sections of fence salvaged from Border State Park in San Diego to build a corrugated steel wall 10 by 40 feet in the gallery space. Attached to this framework are images from his project Estamos Buscando – We’re Looking For (2002-09). On his motorcycle and by foot, Turounet traveled the migrant trails to capture intimate portraits of the crossers. He printed the sepia toned images on aluminum photographic plates to resemble the old “retablos” from Mexican Catholic folk tradition. The migrants received a copy of their portrait, a record and memento of their unusual encounter.

Maria Teresa Fernandez observes the fence from the Tijuana side and for several years has been interested in this physical barrier as a canvas where artistic expression, religious and political beliefs are expressed.  She documents murals painted for the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos; crude wooden crosses to remember the men, women and children that die attempting to cross; and political slogans, calls for protest. LA Times critic 
David Pagel says: "(Her) tightly framed pictures bring visitors nose to nose with the fence and arm’s length from the often poignant mementos left beside it by people whose lives it has affected."

Fernandez subject matter inspired her daughter, Ana Teresa Fernandez, to create a performance and installation titled 
Erasing the Border/Borrando la Frontera. In the video documentation of this piece we see Ana Teresa dressed in a tight little black cocktail dress applying blue paint to the steel posts of the border fence where it meets the Pacific Ocean.  The artist, here, actively engaged in a visual process of erasure of that barrier.

Carmela Castrejon has been exploring border issues in her individual work and also as part of binational artist collectives such as the Border Art Workshop/Taller the Arte Fronterizo and Las Comadres.  She also participated in several of the IN-SITE installations. Castrejon will present assemblages that combine photographic images, cutouts and recycled objects.  The hands of an indigenous woman weaving as a cutout attached to an old wooden picture frame, the craft and tradition that connect us to the larger social and historical narrative of a border region that is at once American and Mexican, old and modern, promising and dire.
(Adjacent and across from the flagpole)

Gallery Hours: MTW 11-4 pm, Thursday 11 – 8 pm. Closed Fridays, weekends and school holidays.

Gallery Director: Alessandra Moctezuma,
Gallery Coordinator: Pat Vine,

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery:  7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego, CA 92111    

Devon Peña: Oct 24

Devon Peña
"Environmental Justice and the State of Exception"
October 24, Thursday 6:30 pm
University of San Diego
Salomon Hall
Devon Pena is the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) scholar of the year in 2013 and is a strong voice for environmental justice, Chicana and Chicano culture, food sovereignty, and cultural recovery for Indigenous/Latino peoples.


Malalai Joya: Oct 22

Malalai Joya
October 22nd at 11:10 am
City College
Room V101
She is an Afghani woman's rights and anti-war activist who was instrumental in advocating for women and opposing war and occupation before she was driven into exile. She is now taking her campaign international.
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Tell President Obama to remove the immigrant imprisonment quota


Dear Enrique,

News flash: President Obama’s 2015 budget requests a wasteful and dangerous policy that indiscriminately jams immigrants into private prisons.

Immigrants who have committed no crimes or only minor crimes are being stuffed into prisons to meet an arbitrary immigrant body count quota passed by the House of Representatives in 2006. That means ICE has a sick incentive to rip immigrant families apart, profile Latinos in border communities, and give billions of dollars away to private prison corporations like GEO Group -- all for no good reason.1

President Obama could push back against this policy. Instead, his budget request legitimizes it. It’s one thing for GOP extremists to request a policy like this -- it’s another thing entirely when a President who claims to support our communities does.

Some people call it the “bed mandate.” We call it the immigrant imprisonment quota. Whatever you call it, it’s bad news -- so why does President Obama seem to support it?

The immigrant imprisonment quota is exactly what it sounds like: ICE is required to hold at least 34,000 immigrants each day in private detention centers. This quota is the main reason so many immigrants who haven’t committed any crimes are arrested and detained by ICE.

Putting someone in a private detention center costs $160 each day, or $2 billion each year -- a huge giveaway to private prison companies like GEO Group. Meanwhile, alternatives to incarceration cost as little as $17 per day, are effective, and they keep immigrant families together as they wait for due process.

Stopping Obama’s budget request is an important first step in eliminating this policy for good. And now that 65 members of the House of Representatives have sent the president a letter opposing it, there isn’t a better time to pressure Obama to do his part.2

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Arturo, Jesús, Erick, Erica and the rest of the Team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

1. Controversial quota drives immigration detention boom.Washington Post, Oct. 13 2013.
Letter to President Obama - End Immigrant Detention Bed Mandate."Project Vote Smart, Sept. 26, 2013.



National Day of Action: Oct 5

Facebook event: Oct5

Join thousands across the country to tell Congress:
Just and fair immigration reform is necessary

Communities demand immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, protects workers' rights, promotes family unity, and stops the militarization of border communities.

Take a stand and march with your community...


Unase con miles por todo el país para exijirle al Congreso:
Una reforma migratoria justa y equitativa es necesaria

Comunidades exigen una reforma migratoria que contenga un camino hacía la ciudadanía, que proteja a los derechos laborales, promueve la unidad familiar, y pone un alto a la militarización de las comunidades fronterizas.

Unase al esfuerzo y marche con su comunidad...

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Queer in Aztlán: Oct 3

Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out
By Gibrán Güido
Thursday, October 3 from 12:45 – 2:10 p.m.
Room MS-162

A former City College student, Gibrán Güido is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. In 2010, he organized the Fifth Annual Queer People of Color Conference at San Diego State University and co-organized the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Third Jotería Conference. He is a recipient of the Richard P. Geyser Ethics Memorial Scholarship.
His book, Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out, is an anthology explores issues of queer youth identity, sexuality, masculinity, homophobia, sexism, and violence in Mexican and American culture.
The volume gives readers the opportunity to value deeply personal narratives from queer Chicanos/Mexicanos and makes it possible for them to understand and sympathize with the stories’ protagonists.
Güido co-edited the publication with San Diego State Chicano Studies professor Adelaida Del Castillo.

Reyna Grande: Oct 2

Reyna Grande

8th Annual San Diego City College International Book Fair
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:10 am
Room V-101
Author of The Distance Between Us and Across a Hundred Mountains.

She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Update Struggle Ethnic Studies in AZ: Oct 2

Update on Struggle for Ethnic Studies in Arizona
Oct 2: 7 pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza

The House I Live In- Oct 1

Tuesday, Oct 1, 12:45 – 2:10 p.m.

Room V-101

San Diego City College

 The film The House I Live In won a Grand Jury Prize Documentary, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film examines the correlation between the war on drugs and mass incarceration.


Scholarships Fall 2013

San Diego City College Foundation
Scholarship Applications are available NOW!
Deadline: December 9, 2013
Scholarship opportunities are available exclusively for City College students.  

  1. Review available scholarships for eligibility. Applications and other important information available at: City Scholarships
  2. Complete scholarship application(s). Be sure to answer all of the questions and include all requested materials.
  3. Submit your application(s) on or before 12 Noon on December 9, 2013       
Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs Room  D106 by the above deadline. Late applications will not be accepted – No exceptions.
Recipients will be selected by respective scholarship committees in mid-March.

Early Scholarships
Scholarships that will close early: visit

Day of Activism: Sept 16 and 17

Day of Activism
Service Learning Program
Monday, Sept 16, 11 am

Ollin Calli and Maquiladoras, Tijuana

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11 am
Binational Conference on Border Issues
El Coyote Newspaper
Mixtec Cultural Exchange
San Diego City College
Room MS 462

Venta de Comida por Mujeres Kumiai en el Tijuana ArtWalk: Sept 14

Apoyemos a l@s primer@s poblador@s de estas tierras con la compra de unos ricos frijolitos, tortillas de harina y una riquisima machacha. Apartir de las 12pm el sabado 14 de Septiembre. Pasaje Gomez, Zona Centro.Entradas por la Calle Madero y Ave. Revolucion.
Facebook event: Kumiai
Map on Avenida Revolución: Ollin Calli

Exploring Campus Services: Sept 3

Exploring Campus Services: A Panel Discussion

Health Services, Mental Health Counseling, Veteran & Military Resources, and EOPS

Tuesday, September 3

11:10 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. V 101

Summer 2013

May Day 2013 San Diego by Mario Reyes, Chicanao Studies at City College

Taco Shop Poets: June 8

Dear ACLU supporter,
Using misinformation, deception, and coercion, Border Patrol and immigration agents have pressured hundreds, if not thousands, of Mexican nationals with deep roots here in the United States into forfeiting their right to a fair hearing and a chance to live here lawfully. The ACLU challenged the practice that we call "coerced expulsion" in federal court today.

Call our hotline (619.398.4189) or fill our our online form if you or anyone you know has experienced the deceptive practice the government calls "voluntary departure."
There is nothing voluntary about expelling people unjustly, and the worst of it is, our tax dollars are being used to trick individuals into signing away their rights and ripping families apart. This is inconsistent with Americans' values.

Gerardo Hernandez-Contreras was recently pulled over by a San Diego police officer for talking on his cell phone. Because Gerardo did not have proper identification with him, the police officer called immigration agents, who quickly handcuffed him and took him into custody. His wife Aide rushed to the scene and had their lawyer on the phone, who warned under no circumstances to sign anything.
But the agents threatened that if Gerardo refused to sign a so-called "voluntary departure" form, he could be detained for months before seeing an immigration judge. Gerardo was never told that he could be released on his own recognizance or bond if he chose not to agree to "voluntary departure." He was also never informed that once he signed the expulsion form, he would not be able to reenter the United States for ten years.

Terrified, Gerardo signed the form, believing, as the agents told him, that he could "fix his papers" once he arrived in Mexico. At 2 a.m., just hours after being stopped for talking on his cell phone, he was left in Tijuana. Gerardo, who has lived in San Diego since he was 14 years old, had no ties to Tijuana. Sadly, this is a common occurrence in San Diego.
"Our lives are broken now," said Gerardo's wife, Aide.

How can you help?
Call our hotline (619.398.4189) or fill our our online form if you or anyone you know has experienced the deceptive practice the government calls "voluntary departure."
  • Share this message on  Facebook and  Twitter.
  • Watch and share Cuentame's "Rampant Border Patrol Abuse Exposed" video (on YouTube), detailing the horrendous governmental practice of deceiving Mexican nationals into signing away their right to a fair hearing.

Thank you for your support,
Norma Chavez-Peterson
Associate Director
ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Anastasio Rojas, Presente: May 31

Friday, May 31, 2013
6:30pm until 8:00pm
San Ysdro POE, by the old pedestrian crossing
May 31, 2013 will be 3 years since the murder of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and to date, not a single Border Patrol agent has been held accountable. Please join Maria Puga and her family for a candlelight vigil and a call for justice and accountability.

En Mayo 31, 2013 van a ser 3 años desde el asesinato de Anastasio Hernández Rojas y hasta la fecha, ni un solo agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza ha tenido que rendir cuentas. Por favor únase a Maria Puga y su familia durante una vigilia con velas y un llamado a la justicia y la rendición de cuentas.

If you would like to support/endorse this event please inbox me so that I can add you to the list. Muchisimas gracias a tod@s!

Union del Barrio
Abajo y a la Izquierda
San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective
Answer San Diego
Party for Socialism and Liberation

Fandango Fronterizo: May 25

Watch the video
Jaraneros in the Border

Chicano Talent Show: May 16

Talent Show
May 16. Thursday
11:10 am to 2:10 pm
Room MS 462

Forum New Immigration Reform Prop: May 7

Forum on the New Immigration Reform Proposal
One step forward or two steps back?

May 7, Tuesday
11:10 am - 12:45 pm
Room MS 462

  • Report on April 10 Washington Rally for Immigration Reform- Democracy Now
  • Jesus Mendez-Carbajal SD Immigrant Youth Collective and Club MECHA
  • Prof. Justin Akers Chacon, Chicana and Chicano Studies Department

Sponsored by City College Chicana and Chicano Studies Department

Señas de Amistad Beyond Borders: May 4

Señas de Amistad Beyond Borders
A Binational Event

Come and unite at the border!
Break the cultural barrier!

Parque Binacional de la Amistad, San Diego
El Faro de Tijuana
Saturday May 4, 12 pm

May 1st

Opening Rally @ Civic Center 2 pm
(202 “C” Street – San Diego, CA 92101
March leaving Civic Center @ 3:30 pm
Closing Rally @ Chicano Park 5 pm

May Day Film Festival- April 26 to May 1

More information:
Workers Festival
Facebook Workers Fest

Reforma Laboral y Maquiladoras: April 25

Presentación sobre Reforma Laboral y Maquiladoras
Universidad de Baja California, Tijuana (UABC)
Jueves 25 de Abril, 5 pm
Presentación a cargo de Ollin Calli

Chicano Park Day- April 20

43rd Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration
Saturday  April 20, 2013 
Organized by the Chicano Park Steering Committee


The 43rd celebration of Chicano Park will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm in historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community, south of downtown San Diego, under the San Diego-Coronado bridge. This family event is always free and open to the public. The theme for the the 43rd celebration is "Chicano Park: Aztlan's Jewel & A National Chicano Treasure." This year's poster was designed by Roberto R. Pozos.
Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history. This year’s Chicano Park Day anniversary celebration is dedicated to Chicano Park and the Chicano Park Murals being added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the most beautiful performances of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. The event will also include a blessing by Tim Red Bird and the Red Warriors, ballet folklorico groups, numerous bands and speakers representing the Brown Berets de Aztlán, Amigos Car Club, Via International, and the Chicano Park Steering Committee.  In addition, there will be a display of classic lowrider cars presented by Amigos Car Club, children’s art workshop led by muralist Victor Ochoa and various informational booths. Food, arts and crafts vendors will be selling their specialties throughout Chicano Park.
PLEASE NOTE: No dogs, other than service dogs, are allowed at the event. Thank you for your cooperation.
Public transportation: Bus route #11 or take the blue line trolley to the Barrio Logan station or the orange line to 25th and Commercial. For alternate routes, check out